Ag In The Classroom held at New England

National Ag Day was celebrated In Hettinger County on March 18 with the Hettinger County Extension Office and the Hettinger Research and Extension Center of Hettinger showing the grade school children of the Mott/Regent and New England Schools a form of life on a North Dakota farm.

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By Charlotte Meier | Hettinger Co. Extension

National Ag Day was celebrated In Hettinger County on March 18 with the Hettinger County Extension Office and the Hettinger Research and Extension Center of Hettinger showing the grade school children of the Mott/Regent and New England Schools a form of life on a North Dakota farm.

Full attention was on Chris Schauer of the Research Center as he showed how a sheep is sheared. The children were delighted at the presence of a live sheep.

Melana Howe of Hettinger then delighted the children by showing them how a spinning wheel is used to spin the wool.  Spinning is somewhat of a lost art, and this area artist was able to bring this art form to the children. They were able to watch as the wool was removed and turned over to Melana to be processed.

Many had never seen this being done before. Melana also shared how Angora goat wool and Angora Rabbit fur can also be spun, along with hair from a yak, bison and even some dog hair that can be spun into different items.

We want to thank Chris and Melana for sharing their talents and jobs with us and also thank you to the County FSA office for supplying take home goodies for the children.

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